16/04/2017 The Papers


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Now on BBC News it's time now for The Papers

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are the political commentator Vincent Moss

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Today's front pages, starting with...

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The Sunday Times leads on North Korea AND says

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President Trump is prepared to strike Korean nuclear sites.

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The Mail on Sunday also leads with the rising tensions around

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North Korea and their threat to wipe out the United States armada.

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The Sunday Telegraph goes with the potential threat to America

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It says that North Korea possesses the capability

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The Express simply calls it the Deadliest Stand-off.

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And the Observer leads on an education story,

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saying that free schools will benefit wealthier regions.

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The Sunday Times. Sean, this very emotive headline next to a

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photograph of a soldier saluting at this big display of military

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hardware in Pyongyang. Trump ready to strike Kim's nuclear sites.

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Really? President Trump is not afraid to use his military

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resources. We have seen that as a matter of fact in the past two

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weeks. What is interesting is that we have seen tensions ratcheting up

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in the United States and North Korea. Specialists would say that

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China has got North Korea under control, but the danger is we have

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had various missile tests. It's like the son and daughter of Star Wars,

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the notion of missiles being shot down midair. That is causing tension

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with the North Koreans. We have this described by the Americans overnight

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as a failed missile launch. Can we relax? No, they will keep trying.

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The papers are reporting about how dangerous North Korea is, but there

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were printed before the missile fail. Most experts think that within

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two or three years they will have the capability to strike at America

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and this is what the Sunday Times story is talking about. North Korea

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will do anything when it comes to America. We have not seen any

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evidence though, apart from increasing American concern. At the

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moment the issues seems to be that they have the capability to fire

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missiles, but they don't necessarily have the capability to put a nuclear

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warhead onto a missile, but they could get that. The US is a big

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country. It doesn't have to reach Washington, there are places like

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Hawaii, which are nearer. That's right. One thing that North Korea

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has missiles that launch satellites into space. There is the

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technicality of going into the earth's orbit and coming back and

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striking downwards. They have theoretically got the ability to

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deliver a nuclear tipped missile. It is a bit precise. The question many

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people must ask is why are we concerned today and ten months in

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the future or ten months in the past? That's a good point, one that

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is echoed on the front of the mail on Sunday. Quite a dramatic

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headline. Kim's threat to annihilate Trump's Marder. These missiles don't

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need to reach America or Europe, they could just reach South Korea or

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Japan to be a threat and that is what makes this escalation is a

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dangerous. The Chinese are now starting to get a bit more muscular

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and interested in it. The papers seem to be trying to make Britain

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part of this, but when not. -- but we're not. We've never been more

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impotent when it comes to conflict like this and our place at the table

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is different and Brexit will make it worse. We do still have an

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international profile. It could be a bigger profile because we run her to

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coordinate constantly our response with the EU. But we will have two

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coordinates with Nato, and we are one of the biggest members, along

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with the United States. Vincent, you make a big point. The Russian

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ambassador said that Britain is irrelevant and we don't have an

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independent view. But we do still have a lot of influence.

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The second any missile start flying, Britain will be involved. Let's get

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back to the Sunday Times for a change of tempo, as it were. As

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everyone will know, it is Easter Sunday. Some people will be taking

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advantage of having a lying, eating Easter eggs. Have you started? Not

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yet. I'll wait to choose day when they are cheaper. I've got a real

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chocolate addiction. Now, Theresa May speaks out for Christian

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Britain. She is the daughter of a vicar. Well, her message is quite

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similar to that of David Cameron last year. Religious tolerance, let

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everyone practice their faith without interference. You suggesting

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that someone is wrote it for that? -- that someone else wrote it for

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her? Possibly. She has weighed in about the meaning of Easter. Some

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politicians have been reticent. It is Easter Sunday and the Sunday

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Times, quite rightly that other papers, reflects on that. If you are

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a tabloid, you have a bonny, if you are able broadsheet, there is some

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religious content. Now, a story about builders who have an earth --

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on earth some hidden remains of five archbishops of Canterbury. As I

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understand it, they winched the smartphone down.

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They say there is an app for everything! It seems they have seen

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the Archbishop's feel on 30 Coppins. It is a genuinely Easter exclusive.

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The best quote is from one of the people who found it. He said, we

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come across a lot of bones in this job, but we knew it was different

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when we found an Archbishop's crown on one of them. People try to be

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respectful, but there is a lot of building work going on and it is

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possible that maybe they did not notice it. One of these archbishops

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could have overseen the King James Bible. It's a great find. Hopefully

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at some point we will see the images of this mobile phone being lowered

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into this sort of vault. Did anyone filmed the people filming it? I

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often accidentally pressed the video instead of the still because I'm a

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bit hopeless, even with the smartphone, so they could have done

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inadvertently. If you are watching and you have the moving pictures,

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send them to us. If you discover any historical Coppins anywhere, then

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tweet us. Let us go back to the Observer. As they go back, we

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haven't looked at it yet. Let's start with this story. Putin set to

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lose EU crown jewels. I didn't know that the EU had crown jewels. Two of

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them you may not be familiar with, but it is from the Observer's source

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correspondent. He is pointing out there could be a double humiliation

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because we could lose the European banking authority and the European

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medicines agency, which employs about 1000 people. What does it

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matter? It's about a talent drain. The Observer is so this is the

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start, another impact of Brexit. EU -based bodies will go somewhere

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else. It is making the point that it comes at a time where we will not

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get the backing from Brussels and the 27 member countries. There is a

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box and to play devils advocate slightly, they will have two sort of

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move when Britain is no longer a four member of the EU. Is it a

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double humiliation that they have moved 18 months early? Maybe it is.

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One were covering the campaign by Britain to get the Olympics, which

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was a long time ago, Jacques Chirac said there was an argument about

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whether the European food agency will be based. I think he was

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fighting with the Norwegians. It's completely overshadowed his attempt

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to lobby for Paris because he said some rude things about Norwegian

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food in the headlines followed him to Singapore. Staying with the

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Observer, an interesting story about schools, Sean. What you make of

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this? Free schools boom helps the richest. It's a claim by the

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National Union of Teachers that money is wasted, to use the words,

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on free schools and technical colleges and academy schools that

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have either closed or not opened in the first place. To put it into

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context, what is not tangible and what is not reported is out of the

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investment that was made, some good seeds as well as bad seeds were

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sown. We'd know to what extent it is a total waste of money, but it's a

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lot cash. There are about 800 of these schools, free from local

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authority control. But Italy's into the wider issue as well, as we

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discussed was so much money being spent on free schools, obviously at

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the moment moving forward with grammar schools as well, it is a

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politician's dream, isn't it? Yes. Education is becoming a hot potato

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for the government. Labour research says that 20 of the most deprived

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areas would get just 12 of the gnu free schools announced. It is

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middle-class, sharp elbowed parents who can set these up. David Lloyd

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wrote a good piece in the Observer. He argues for evidence led

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arguments. People should look at the evidence. Lord Baker, the former

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Education Secretary, one of his successors Michael Gove thought that

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these free schools were a failure. There is a big debate about them.

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They are saying we are good value and are helping children who would

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not otherwise get a good education, but it seems that the government are

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less enthusiastic. Free schools are getting far less oversight. You

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often see people saying, I went to a grammar school and it was great.

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People who went to secondary modern that seemed to do that. Where did

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you go? I went to a comprehensive. Comprehensive as well.

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There is a valid point though that people from the media are from

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grammar schools. Now, you both have opinions on this. Kelvin MacKenzie's

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column on Friday. A stackable offence? Yes. Anything stackable in

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the world of commercial paper is because what you have to look at is

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the bottom line. There are all sorts of suggestions about what he said.

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It needs to be investigated. For someone who has worked on tabloids,

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I do know the oversight that would have gone into that. It should have

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been seen by sub editors. When Kelvin says the L Word, as in

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Liverpool, that should set alarm bells ringing. Thank you both. Happy

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Easter to you. You can go off and relax and read the papers.

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There's more on all our top stories on the BBC News Channel and the next

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Time now for a look on the -- at the weather.

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